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Some of our treasured trees must be cut

March 4th, 2024

After an extensive review of all trees on the Dawson grounds by forestry consultants, the College is presently securing permits from the City of Westmount to cut some of them.

“Many of our trees have suffered injuries and disease that have weakened them to the point where they are at a high risk of breaking. Others, like our large silver maples are reaching their age limit,” explained Luc St-Germain of Facilities Management.

About a dozen trees will have to be cut immediately, with another 30-35 being monitored during the next 12-24 months.

All trees have been thinned in the past to allow severe wind to pass through them. Chris Adam, of the Office of Sustainability, says that wind and ice related storms are more common now and causing damage.

The Facilities Management Team and the Office of Sustainability are cooperating to establish Dawson’s first tree management program. Every tree will have a health card that identifies their species, age and diseases as well as any maintenance procedures taken. Each tree will be followed by forest management consultants.

Stay tuned for more news about the trees of our Living Campus.

SPACE students mastering physics by designing video game

March 4th, 2024

Eight Dawson students working in two teams have won an independent video game design competition in an extracurricular competition organized by Physics faculty member Nadim Boukhira.

The students are all in the SPACE student enrichment initiative.

Visit the link for the homepage news story, which includes more photos and feedback from students.

Book sale for Chez Doris & Women’s Day celebration for employees

March 4th, 2024

The DSSU, DTU and ADP will be hosting a celebration on International Women’s Day.

On Friday, March 8, from 12 PM-2 PM in the Rose Lounge (7C.5): there will be a book sale of new and used books and a collection of cash donations in which all monies raised will be donated on behalf of the three unions to Chez Doris.

The book sale will be cash only. If you would like to donate books for the sale, they will be collecting books at the Library’s Circulation Desk until 6 PM on Thursday.

Pizza and refreshments will be available while supplies last. We ask that you please bring your own mug if having coffee.

While students are welcome to buy books, the event is intended for employees only.

Second-year Theatre students perform in comedy March 13-16

March 1st, 2024

Second-year students perform in a comedy every evening at 7:30 PM from Wednesday, March 13 through Saturday, March 16 at the Dawson Theatre, 2000 Atwater Avenue.

The name of the play is: A Most Pleasant Comedy of Mucedorus the King’s Son of Valencia, and Amandine, the King’s Daughter of Aragon, with the Merry Conceits of Mouse.

To reserve your ticket, visit the link. Tickets are free; a donation of $5 is suggested at the door.

Shakespeare’s “As you like it” on until March 9

March 1st, 2024

Second-year students in Dawson's Professional Theatre (Acting) program are performing in William Shakespeare's As You Like It every evening at 7:30 PM now through Saturday, March 9.

To get your tickets, visit the link. Tickets are free; a donation of $5 is suggested at the door.

25 participants at first monthly wellness activity

March 1st, 2024

On Feb. 28, 25 members of the Dawson community, mostly students, responded to the invitation of the Office of Sustainability to take part in the first monthly wellness event.

It was beautiful weather, so they went outdoors for part of the Biophilic Tour of Dawson. “Jenn de Vera gave a tour of some of the many wonderful student driven projects that are a part of our Living Campus,” Sophie La Font reported.

The indoor portion showcased the many ways we have incorporated the theory of Biophilia* at Dawson College. The activity concluded with planting a baby spider plant that participants could take with them as a gift.

The March wellness activity took place on March 7 and was a panel discussion with Elder and Knowledge Keeper, Niioie:ren Patton & Concordia's Sustainability Living Lab Coordinator, Sandra Mouafo Nouadje.

*The biophilia hypothesis is the belief that humans are genetically predisposed to be attracted to Nature. It states that all humans inherently love the natural world. This idea that we are drawn to and need Nature was first put forth by a man named Edward O. Wilson in his book, Biophilia, published in 1984.

Great attendance at IVGD playtesting event

March 1st, 2024

The Independent Video Game Design program held its bimonthly indie game playtesting event on Feb. 23.

Over 100 attendees and students visited throughout the evening to playtest and provide valuable feedback on a variety of games from local developers, while getting the chance to network with the gaming community.

14 teams showcased new games in various stages of development, including IVGD alumni Étienne Robichaud Morinville, Julien Escobar Hellou, Steven Steffen, Yan-Simon Martel Lussier, as well as IVGD co-founder and teacher Osama Dorias.

The event also included games by Baobab Games, DarZal Games, Félix Gagné, Foolbox Studio, Queensguard Games, Studio Moka, Tales Mariano, Vitam Aeternam Studio, Carbon-Based Games and Kidney Bean Studio.

The next playtesting event will be Friday, April 12, from 6 - 9 PM, in 3C.1.

Students interview multidisciplinary artist Craig Commanda

March 1st, 2024

Craig Commanda is a multidisciplinary artist from the Algonquin nation at Kitigan Zibi. His current exhibition, WÌDJIDEYAMAWOWIN / INTERCONNECTION, features prints, videos, and complex sculptural beadwork at the Warren G. Flowers Art Gallery until March 16. On a recent Friday afternoon, two visual arts students, Katya Kieran & Lisseth Llorente Ruiz, had the chance to ask Craig a few questions about his artistic practice and this exhibition.

Visit the link for the homepage interview feature.

Indigenous Peoples Week 2024

March 1st, 2024

WHAT: Ionkwatónhahere – we are celebrating – Indigenous Peoples Week 2024

WHEN: Monday, March 25 to Thursday, March 28

WHERE: Conrods, Three Sisters Garden, and other locations at Dawson College

WHO: All events are open to the entire Dawson community and to the public

Save the dates! Indigenous Peoples Week 2024 will feature a mini Pow Wow, Indigenous craft vendors, soap stone carving, maple sap boiling and so much more. A detailed schedule will be published soon on the Dawson website, accessible from the homepage.

C’est la Francofête à Dawson !

March 1st, 2024

The entire Dawson community is invited to enjoy the French language and culture at Dawson’s annual Francofête, which is taking place over three days and two evenings, Tuesday, March 26 to Thursday, March 28.

The organizers have put together a diverse program, including film screenings, a poetry reading with three poets, a maple syrup experience, an evening with the Théâtre de la Ligue Nationale d’Improvisation, and a field trip to the Monument-National in partnership with the École nationale de théâtre.

All events at Dawson will be in 5B.16 and are open to the Dawson community and the public. To reserve a class, email Laetitia Desanti.

Visit the link to view the program.

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